A Beginner's Guide to the Steel Construction Manual, 13th edition

by T. Bart Quimby, P.E., Ph.D.

2006, 2007, 2008 T. Bartlett Quimby


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1. Introduction
2. Materials
3. Tension Members
4. Bolted Connections
5. Welded Connections
6. Buckling Concepts
7. Concentrically Loaded Compression Members
8. Bending Members
9. Combined Bending and Axial Force
10. Composite Beams
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30 July 2011
We've posted the text for the New 14th edition of the Steel Construction Manual on this website.  The manuals are now available from AISC.  Get yours today!  Hard copies of the BGSCM 14th edition should be available by the end of August 2011.

28 January 2011
The new 2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-10) can be downloaded from the AISC website.  It has some nice improvements.  I've updated this site with notes about relevant changes The changes are clearly denoted in green font.

9 January 2009
Price reduced on the BGSCM hard copy.
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15 August 2008
The hard copies of the BG to the Steel Construction Manual are now available!  Check it out in the BGSE Store.

1 August 2008
Just posted is an extensive revision of this text.  More example problems, better text, revised chapter layout, and more. Check it out!  Hard copies will also be available by the end of this month.

28 May 2008
We are back at it again!  I am back from the 2008 National Student Steel Bridge Competition that was held at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and have started the third pass revision of this text with a goal of making the chapters more consistent and readable.  I am also adding PDF versions of the chapters as they become final.  This work will continue throughout the summer.

25 Sept 2007
As the semester progresses, students using this text have proposed a number of enhancements.  These have been take under advisement and some are being implemented right away.  In particular there has been a major upgrade to the bolts chapter.  More helpful comments are appreciated!

15 August 2007
We now have a new URL and a substantially upgraded text.  Check out the new homework problems.  Most chapters now have example problems and more are on the way.  There is also means for reporting errors and making suggestions for improvement associated with each chapter.